Our first look at the Nintendo Switch and 'Breath of the Wild'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 February 2017, 10:00 am

The Nintendo Switch is finally here, along with its most anticipated launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We're still putting the new console through its paces, but we've put together a quick preview of the hardware and game to tide you over. In short: We're impressed. But the lack of networking functionality, among other features, so close to the console's launch has us worried if Nintendo is totally prepared. Check back for our full review of the Switch and Breath of the Wild next week.




Free Loaders: What’s the draw of horror?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 February 2017, 7:00 am
As hard as it is to believe, we live in the good timeline. In this reality, Walt Disney did not go crazy with delusions of bringing his animations to life, creating a terrifying place where you can be stalked by cartoon characters. Oh no, he did! Well, at least the terror of Disneyland is offset […]


Bosch ‘n’ click: Four Last Things released
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 February 2017, 8:00 am
Cor, new adventure Four Last Things [official site] does have some gorgeous artwork – but it would, as it’s borrowing from some of the finest Renaissance painters. Joe Richardson has built the game out of paintings, given life with cutout animation. “It’s kind of like if Monkey Island had been made in 16th century Flanders, […]


The Morning After: Weekend Edition
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 February 2017, 8:00 am

Letter from the Editor

It's been a banner week for Nintendo fanboys and girls, what with the company's new console finally making its way into reviewers' hands -- and giving Nintendophiles their first extended look at the Switch. Naturally, Engadget editors were among the chosen to get some quality time, and early returns are ... middling? Devindra Hardawar is a fan of the system's controllers, and he loved the ability to take the Switch out of his living room and into bed for late-night gaming sessions. But that portability is seriously hamstrung by a screen that's essentially unusable outside and meager battery life (at least when playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild).




PSA: That Razer esports sponsorship email is a scam
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 February 2017, 6:05 am

So, you stream your gameplays and recently received a lucrative sponsorship offer via email from popular esports platform Team Razer. Exciting, right? Unfortunately, it's nothing but a scam -- that email is actually from a cyber criminal and not a "scouting agent." Team Razer has sent out a notice that scammers are using its brand name to spread malicious software.

Source: Team Razer




What are we all playing this weekend?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 February 2017, 5:00 am
As we say in the industry: “games on!” The Game Developers Conference is next week, and always brings a few good surprises, retrospectives, and just plain interesting looks at the craft of making games. We’ve sent Pip and Adam out to chase developers down corridors, snapping them with unflattering flashes, and yelling invasive questions. I […]


Twitch will let you change your username every two months
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 11:38 pm
Starting today, you can change your Twitch username. What's more, you can do it every 60 days, and, seemingly as a shot at Microsoft and Xbox Live, it won't cost you a dime to swap from "FluffyJungle9991" to something a that's easier to commit to memory.

Source: Twitch




First Unity-built cartoon proves the engine isn't just for games
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 11:01 pm

As the NBA's eSports league proves, video games are quickly becoming mainstream. Games are having a moment, and so are the tools used to make them. Case in point, the Unity game engine recently reached a big milestone. French animated show Mr. Carton just became the first cartoon TV series made with Unity.

Source: Unity




Gallente Portrait
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 8:02 pm
Click for YUGE download sizes!You know me, I can't stop. Actually this one was in the works, technically I started this one before the Minmatar one, so I finally had time tonight to finish her.What am I doing? I dunno. A few weeks ago I had the idea and


S2E7 - Hitman & Complex Game Systems - “March-ish”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 8:00 pm


Hitman & Complex Game Systems
In this episode:
  • If there is anything in the world Void loves, it’s a complex system that he can learn and exploit in video games. When he found out about Hitman, he jumped in and loved it so much, he gifted it to Beej just so this episode could exist.
  • While neither of us really likes the “murder” aspect of the game, it doesn’t feel like it’s really violence. We really do both see it as a puzzle game, and we tend to overlook the violence as it’s a means to solve the puzzles presented.
  • Beej isn’t entirely into complex systems like Void. They have to serve a true gameplay purpose. Some games are complicated for the sake of being complicated and add nothing to the experience, but Hitman is the opposite of that. It feels as though you are learning skills and building on them as you progress.
  • The game really helps you learn the systems through its very thorough tutorials--they don’t really feel much like tutorials, either. If you go through them, you’ll learn a pretty decent path to progression that leads into a lot of replayability.
  • Void describes his perfect 4-step program on how to become a professional hitman, starting with Beej’s preferred playstyle: bumble around like an idiot until people die, then run like the wind and hope you don’t get shot. Void’s system is a bit more elegant.
  • Paris is the first fully realized level, and instead of writing a lot about it here, just know that Void loved it so much that he’s barely played any of the other missions in the game. It is also part of a smaller bundle that you can get to essentially try out the game, and it goes on sale on various sellers all the time. So get it.
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Weekly Geekery
  • Beej - Started running again, and really working on getting back into shape while freelance work saps lots of free time for a few weeks.
  • Void - Started running, too! The weather in Minnesota gave him a reprieve, so he was able to get outside and moving around. Spring is almost here! / Fire Emblem Heroes (Lunatic Difficulty and the lack of energy you have to play) / Hidden Folks
  • Void also went to the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, which is a live performance of the music. It was amazing. The first half was not cohesive and felt like a bad fanmade video, but the second half made up for it. The second half used full sequences that built on each other as the music played. It used the Battle of the Bastards and the Great Sept of Baelor scene from the end of the season 6.
The Nintendo Switch is almost here!
  • We are just kinda waiting for the Switch (looked at other games but not pulling the trigger on anything). Games like Nioh, For Honor, Horizon Zero Dawn, Resident Evil 7, Conan Exiles, FFXIV are cool, but so much comes out in March-ish: Horizon Zero Dawn, Zelda (and other launch games for the Switch), Mass Effect Andromeda, and Persona 5 (which takes precedence for Void over Zelda Breath of the Wild, which is crazy to Beej!)
And some new Zelda, Breath of the Wild info, in case you missed it.
  • No more compass, map autofills with exploration
  • No musical chests
  • Probably won’t get the green clothes until late in the game
  • No more money in the grass
  • We get a jump button!
  • No more Epona, just random tame-able horses
  • No one new item for each dungeon
  • Enemies won’t wait around to attack
  • Bombs are all remote, no more timed bomb fuses
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Worlds Adrift preps next alpha round with biome, lighting, and respawn tweaks
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 4:00 pm
Hey, Landmark fans. Missing your game? Wondering where you'll go next? How about Worlds Adrift? It's a purty buildy sandboxy toy heading into its Alpha 6.1 playtest, which is testing out the new interior lighting system, new respawn rules, a revamp of the game's major biomes, new acrobatic skills, new ship parts and cores, and -- this is the cool [...]


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Crowfall shows off the design of the Fort architectural set
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 5:00 pm
The next big development milestone for Crowfall is work being done on the game's Eternal Kingdoms, a place for players to build a spot of refuge through the many different iterative world states that the game will endure. That means showing off some of the architectural styles which players can mix and match, and the latest one up for display [...]


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Drakensang Online preps trailer for next week's Sands of Malice expansion
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 6:00 pm
2011 free-to-play MMOARPG Drakensang Online has today released a trailer for next week's update, dubbed Sands of Malice, which is due on Tuesday. The expansion is expected to boost the level cap to 55, add a new random arena, create new difficulty modes for highbie areas, implement a new rune system, improve gems, insert new monster types, and buff parallel [...]


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Gigantic's Eternal Dawn heralds the arrival of new hero Zandora
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 7:00 pm
MOBA Gigantic has a new update live in the open beta this week: Eternal Dawn. The patch features the bizarrely pink new hero Zandora, and boy does she ever have a chip on her shoulder. No really. "Eternal Dawn introduces a few high-impact changes to Gigantic and welcomes Zandora - a lance-wielding melee/support hybrid hero," says PWE. "As with our [...]


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All these Switch Dogs are good boys, but you decide who's best
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 5:34 pm
When Nintendo debuted the Switch to the eager masses, it do so with flair and aplomb


Finding the treasure
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 4:43 pm
When I stick around I stick around. I kept my fleet in the system where I have spotted a Thanatos. I did not really have intentions of killing a carrier, but was more like waiting for a new connection with potential home. One day, I noticed one of the


How SteamWorld Heist brought skill into turn-based tactics
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 4:00 pm
This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, SteamWorld Heist [official site]. SteamWorld Heist is a tactics game about boarding procedural spaceships with a squad of desperado robots and grabbing all the swag you can before they’re turned to scrap. It’s also a cross-genre […]


Horizon: Zero Dawn launch trailer has landscapes so pretty I'm kind of mad about it
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 4:00 pm
The launch trailer for Horizon: Zero Dawn has no spoken words, several robot dinosaurs, and a frankly upsetting number of gorgeous landscapes


'Halo' will bring back local multiplayer
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 4:11 pm

When I critiqued Halo 5: Guardians, the lack of split-screen co-op was low on my list of gripes with the game. But that's not to say it wasn't a problem. In the lead-up to the 2015 game's release, developer 343 Industries crowed that there were no sacred cows on the road to hitting 60 FPS in the campaign mode -- including the local co-operative play that'd been a part of the series since 2001. That's changing, though. "I would say for any [first-person shooter] going forward we will always have split-screen," 343's head Bonnie Ross said recently at the DICE summit in Las Vegas, according to Polygon.

Source: Polygon




482 - The Instance: Show me your cards
Posted by The Instance: The Podcast for Lovers of Blizzard Games [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 4:29 pm
On this episode of The Instance, a special focus on Hearthstone, and what the future holds for the most popular digital CCG in the world.


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Archon Watches the Explosion
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Meta: Cloudbleed security notice for our Patreon users
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 1:00 pm
Cloudflare DNS announced this morning that it suffered a security incident over the last few months that could affect a vast swath of the internet. It boils down to a since-repaired buffer issue that could potentially have exposed sensitive data, including website authentication tokens, to search engine caching. Massively OP does utilize Cloudflare (you've probably seen it on those rare [...]


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Hundreds of housing items and dimensions are coming to RIFT in March
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 1:30 pm
Next week marks RIFT's first big update of the Starfall Prophecy expansion cycle, Patch 4.1: Forged in Flames. When the patch drops on March 1st, it will not only bring a new raid and eternal weapons but also a semi truck's worth of additional dimensions and housing items. Dimension Gallery has rounded up all of the details and images for [...]


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The Stream Team: The Secret World's Emergency Procedures
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 1:55 pm
Are you prepared? If you are Orochi, the answer is probably not. The organization was apparently studying the The Secret World's Filth, and you know how that had to end: in disaster. Massively OP's MJ is back in City of the Sun God to continue her work on the sabotage mission Emergency Procedures, Just how bad did the Orochi fail, [...]


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Conan Exiles preps player modders, patches up modding fails
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 2:30 pm
Conan Exiles' big dev blog out today ought to be a big help for gamers looking to run their own survival sandbox servers and tricking them out: It's all about building your own mods, which is basically like putting up a sign that says Bree, read me! Existing mods can already be downloaded through the Steam Workshop, but if you want [...]


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